If you have just started your period, there are a few things you can do to manage it:
- Educate yourself: Learn about the menstrual cycle and what to expect during your period.
- Use menstrual products: Use pads, tampons, menstrual cups or period panties to absorb menstrual blood and keep you feeling clean and comfortable.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help alleviate menstrual cramps.
- Apply heat therapy: Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to alleviate menstrual cramps and discomfort.
- Practice relaxation techniques: Stress can prolong your period, so practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing can help alleviate menstrual cramps.
- Adopt a balanced diet: Eating a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help regulate your menstrual cycle and reduce the discomfort.
- Keep extra menstrual products with you: Have extra pads or tampons on hand in case of unexpected leaks.
- Stay hygienic: Keep yourself clean and fresh by taking regular showers or baths and changing your menstrual products regularly.
- Wear comfortable clothing: Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in.
- Talk to someone: It can be helpful to talk to a parent, guardian, or a healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
It’s important to remember that menstruation is a normal bodily function and there is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. It’s always best to be prepared and have a plan in place to manage your menstrual cycle comfortably.